10 ways walking will improve your life

If you hadn’t already heard, we’re launching a March 4 CENS event very soon! We’re asking participants to get together with friends and family and walk 1-million steps during the month of March. Not only will you be raising funds for the work we do at CENS, but here are 10 more reasons you really should join in…

1 Lose weight

Did you know that walking 10,000 will burn 500 calories? Add a few hills into your route to get your heart pumping and you’ll burn even more!

2 Boost your mood

According to experts, just a 10-minute walk can improve your mental wellbeing. Why not keep a mood diary to track how you feel before, during and after the challenge?

3 Protect your joints

Unlike more strenuous exercise which can cause stress, walking can improve the condition of your joints by keeping them mobile.

4 Get your Vitamin D

Most people in the UK are deficient in this mood-boosting vitamin, especially during the winter months. Just 20 minutes of sun exposure can give you your optimal dose.

5 Improve your gut health

Did you know that walking actually stimulates the digestive system? if you suffer from GI issues like IBS or constipation, you might find it improve during the March 4 CENS event.

6 Feel energised

You don’t need to wait until you feel pumped up to get outside. Experts believe that going for a walk when you’re feeling sluggish can actually improve your energy levels.

7 Better sleep

Whether it’s the sunlight, fresh air or extra movement, we’re not sure, but walking can definitely improve the quality of your zzzz!

8 Expand your thinking

Did you know that taking a walk is meant to help your problem-solving abilities? Apparently the late Apple founder Steve Jobs used to ask colleagues to take a walk with him while discussing problems that needed addressing.

9 Enhance social life

Even if you’re alone, walking gives you the opportunity to engage with your community in a way that driving doesn’t. You may see the same dog walkers and get to know the shop owners in your area.

10 Stimulate creativity

Taking a walk in nature can help boost your artistic flair, according to experts. Aristotle and Charles Darwin were said to take walk to help with their flow of ideas.

If you’d like to take part in our event, go here to sign up

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